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[ male aouncer ] giving ucigarettes catake more than wlpower alone. but today'a new day. for many, smokg is a treatable dical condition. talk to your doctor about prescripti treatment optionand support. >> good afternoon, i am alison starling. residents in fairfax county are on edge after an early-morning attack at a bus stop. it was at franconia road and la vista drive. pamela has the latest. >> right now, officers are looking for the sexual assault
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suspect. it happened early this morning at around 4:30 at this bus stop on franconia road. officials say a 23-year-old woman was waiting for the bus when a man behind her renter and sexually assaulted her. the woman bought back and suffered not life-threatening injuries before the suspect fled. a minute later, a jogger found the suspect and was able to fly down an off-duty police officer. they were able to call for backup and the woman was sent to the hospital. neighbors say they are frightened by what happened because this is a quiet area, but authorities say this is a warning for everyone. >> it is not common in this area, but these things can happen anywhere. for anyone who is going to be out in the dark hours, just always remember to take precautions such as having a
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cell phone, let people know where you are, be aware of your surroundings. >> police are on the lookout for the suspect right now. the authorities described him as a man with shaded skin, described as having said, wearing a white t-shirt, tan cargo pants. if you have any information, you are asked to call fairfax county police. >> thank you. the man at the center of an hour as long standoff with police is now dead. police say that he died from burn injuries. police were called to nebraska. smoke was seen coming from a building and a man was barricaded inside with a weapon. the incident ended after midnight and the man was rushed to hospital where he died. another man is in custody after a standoff. a man with a gun held a woman
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hostage for four hours. eventually, the suspect came down and was put under arrest. the incident did close some streets, but everything is back open at this hour. d.c. police want you to be on the lookout for two people after a shooting in southeast. this happened along minnesota ave. one person suffered a gunshot wound. that person is expected to survive. investigators are looking for two black males, possibly teenagers, both wearing all black. it was a sudden end to a yearlong religious battle in the loudon county. one hour ago, county leaders voted on the fight over religious displays on county property. courtney robinson is in leesburg with the details. what happened? >> about 30 minutes ago, supervisors here voted 8-1 to keep their current policy which
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would allow up to 10 groups to put out any display, whether religious or not, on a first- come, first-served basis. this is on the courthouse lawn. last november, the issue came up when groups, including judges, wanted to ban religious displays on the courthouse lawn. that is a longtime tradition here. one of those displayed was actually vandalized. this has become a battle between the freedom of speech and the separation of church and state. the county policy says that the court house is not the place for opened this place. many say that the law and served as the town center, a place for people to express themselves. last night, a number of people came out to speak, 45 in favor of the policy, five wanting a
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full ban on the displays. both sides were out here today to see how supervisors voted. >> i am glad that they looked at the policy. i can understand why people are concerned that judges suddenly decide that they could decide what can be displayed at the courthouse. >> what it is is a show of favoritism, a special privilege for the christian community. the fact that they allow unpopular viewpoints was only done so that they could continue to provide -- allow the question this place. bear in mind, our ability is only during the christian holiday. >> both of the virginia attorney general's and aclu supports the county policy. supervisors were clear, the hope
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this is the last time they have to take up the issue. >> thank you. be careful what you burn, better yet, put off plans for outdoor burning altogether. dry ground, gusty winds, and a lack of moisture in the air amounts to a dangerous trio when it comes to wildfire dangers. if you have to burn something, please keep a close eye on it and make sure any flames are extinguished. adam caskey has a look at the forecast now. we could hear the wind on courtney's microphone. >> that is right. we are in the belfort furniture weather center. we do have some dry, warm air. already 90 degrees at right and national airport. the dew point will be dropping
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quite a bit, because of the system moving through. look at cumberland, 77 degrees. a wide range of temperatures this afternoon. that is why we are predicting anywhere from the low 80's to 90 . more on the extended forecast, coming up. >> thank you. officials are investigating after an infant died in a d.c. home. the infant was rushed to hospital. preliminary reports show the baby was coughing up formula while eating. investigators are looking into the circumstances of the child's death. crews have recovered the body of a man who drowned off the coast of ocean city. he disappeared august 28 after jumping into the ocean while lifeguards were off-duty. powerful recurrence are believed to have pulled him under.
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boats found him 16 miles from the coast. we have breaking news coming to us. pompous fund says it will bring terrorism charges against -- pakistan says it will bring terrorism charges against the three men involved in the failed times square bombing. the accused bomber pleaded guilty back in june to 10 charges. he will be sentenced this fall. the secretary of defense is now adding his voice to those opposing a plan to burn korans on the anniversary of 9/11. robert gates agrees with the commander in afghanistan that it would increase the danger to american troops abroad. >> the planned koran burning by a tiny florida church this weekend has sparked a global controversy. >> it does not, in any way,
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represent america, americans, american government, american religious or political leadership. >> the man at the center of the storm, pastor terry jones. even this morning from the top u.s. and nato commander in afghanistan -- >> it puts our soldiers in jeopardy. >> it does not have been backing down. i do not know if jesus would burn books, but he would this one. >> this would be the latest demonstration targeting muslims nationwide, much of it a reaction to the building of the planned mosque near ground zero. this morning, the imam of the center rights, if they back down from the building of the center, we see the unraveling of our discourse on both sides.
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house minority leader john boehner and links the two issues, saying he is against both. >> pastor jones, those who want to build a mosque, just because you have the right to do something in america does not mean it is the right thing to do. >> the vatican and vfw also strongly disagree with the burning. >> meanwhile, president obama goes to ohio today, brown to in his fight for the economy. he will outline his plan for fixing the economy, including tax breaks for businesses come on top of $50 billion in infrastructure spending. >> i do not think it will be in game changer. it will not add to a lot of jobs in the next six months. >> the president is pushing for republican support by including tax cuts long favored by the gop.
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however, he will make it clear he opposes extending president bush's tax cut for couples earning more than $250,000 a year. the bp oil company says they are not the only one to blame for the oil spill in the gulf of mexico. the company posted a 193-page report on its web site saying that multiple teams and companies contributed to the disaster. the report criticizes their own workers but defense the design of the well. the april explosion killed 11 workers and then, of course, led to millions of gallons of oil is spewing into the gulf. coming up, his case sparked an immigration battle in virginia. the latest on an illegal immigrant now facing murder charges. tragedy sweeps through the streets of the motor city. dozens of homes destroyed. and the remnants of tropical
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storm hermine slam into texas. street turned into rivers.
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>> the illegal immigrant accused in a drunk driving crash that killed a nun is now facing charges. carlos martinelly-montano crossed the median in manassas last month and hit a car carrying three nuns. montano was in the process of being deported at the time. in the wake of that crash, virginia is changing how people can get a driver's license. the dmv will no longer accept
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the federal opposition employment document to prove that the individual is in the country legally. investigators say he received an employment authorization document while his deportation was still pending. he did not have a driver's license at the time of the crash. police in los angeles are bracing for another night of protests. over the last two nights, demonstrators had gathered in a immigrant neighborhood writing against the use of deadly force. protesters hurled rocks, eggs, even television that police. 22 people were arrested. officers say they shot the immigrant in self-defense last month as he moved toward them with a knife. the flames are gone but a firestorm of controversy is flaring up in detroit. 85 fires destroyed dozens of homes last night and a suspected
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arsonist is being questioned. the high winds there did not help. residents are upset, said that they were forced to put out fires themselves because they could not get through to 911. dispatchers told them they had to wait as crews responded to more affluent parts of the city. meanwhile, tropical storm hermine is wreaking havoc in texas. one woman is missing. flood warnings are now posted for the dallas area and parts of oklahoma. hermine still leaving a mark. >> that is the problem with the tropical storms. they do not have strong winds, but that is not all of it. they pack a punch, in terms of rainfall. some of that moisture could travel our way by sunday. >> we need some rain.
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what are the chances? >> not fantastic. at least it'll be nice to be outdoors. frederick, 82 degrees. still pretty cool compared to the rest of thefew scattered clg to develop. 84 degrees. ashburn, 86 degrees. woodstock, a bit cooler, 74. you notice that we were about as we move to the metro area. reagan national at 90. the 62nd 90-degree day. we are just five days away from
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breaking that record. intel west virginia, eastern tennessee, parts of north carolina, there is a look at the cold front. you will fear the air dry out from that. here are the remnants of the hermine. pushing as far north, almost as far as kansas. a bit of that moisture will break off eastward, and we could see a few showers by sunday. we will break it down for duke. -- for you. tonight will be noticeably cooler than yesterday. low 60's downtown. lots of sunshine tomorrow but it will be breezy. high temperatures near 80 degrees.
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we think that we will only see offer 70's for a high in most parts of the region. there is the chance of showers on sunday. they 30% chance. >> that fall feeling in the air. >> i love it. >> thank you. six days before d.c. democrats had to the polls to make their choice for mayor. incumbent mayor adrian fenty is leading the money race, at least. he has more than $800,000 in cash on hand. his rival, vince gray, has $44,000 in ready cash. sheriff's deputies now have the authority to confiscate copies of campaign fliers in prince george's county. the district attorney says the sample ballots that look like forms are backing people from
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chilly who they are actually opposing. state agencies have yet to confirm who is actually behind these handouts. still to come, keeping your smallest passenger safe. new details about booster seats and safety. and a terrifying attack caught on tape. a lion lunging at his trainer. and on the "oprah" show, justin a lion lunging at his trainer. and on the "oprah" show, justin did the little piggy cry wee wee wee all the way home? piggy: weeeeeee, weeeeeee, weeeeeee, weeeee weeeeeeee. mom: max. ...maxwell! piggy: yeah?
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>> a truly terrifying sight for tourists in las vegas.
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a line lunges at his trainer in full view of the visitors at the mgm grand. you can see another trainer scrambles to pull him off, but not before he was bitten in the lead. important information for parents of kids in booster seats. the insurance institute of highway safety has just released its latest test results. 21 booster seats were related best. researchers found eight of them did not find -- meet their standards, including one called the evenflow generation65. >> when the issue is that the lap belt is too high on the stomach and the shoulder belt is too close to the neck. you need to make sure that the belt is in on -- is in a good position. >> bad news for drivers in d.c. and maryland. highway systems in maryland and
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the district are among the worst in the nation. maryland ranks 43 of the 50 states in the new report. the highway system has also been given a poor performance rating. these take into account pavement conditions, congestion, and cost. the virginia highway system came in at 18. adam i duct system as the lungs of the house. expulsion of air. dust and dirt that helping the house to breathe. say i'm a doctor. not a doctor either. suction. ♪ call 1-800-steemer
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it's time for a mayor who will end the cronyism and bring our city together. vince gray. his economic development plan will help expand small businesses and create jobs. his record of reform and accomplishments earned him the praise of newspapers across the city, citing gray's leadership and efforts to pass education reform and expand early childhood education.
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vince gray -- he cares. he listens. he'll be a leader we can trust and the mayor we need for one city.
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>> it was leotards and tights inside of suits his today. michelle obama of turning some rooms into a performance and state. students got a chance to learn moves from professional dancers. they also had a wonderful performance. they're exciting for those kids. >> in contrast from lady gaga at the verizon center. >> one last look at the weather. >> in the 50's for the next several mornings. high temperatures near 83rd day through saturday. we need rain but we may not get some until saturday. we could use it all day. >> thank you. see you back here in the morning.
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